For those who are following my blog, today I will finally reveal how I found Leonardo.
Well, they say Third Time Lucky. In my case it was the fourth! or was it the fifth?
At my first attempt at Layal in Burjuman, I was told to try at the Mall of Dubai. So when I went there, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Tom Ford counter staring at me from my vantage point just outside the entrance from the skywalk. So I went downstairs and walked inside.
I was one of the early birds and when I asked the gorgeously made up statuesque saleslady if she could help me with Leonardo No 40, she didn’t even bat an eyelid. I love this about luxury malls : the sales persons are inordinately polite and know exactly how to handle frizzy haired grannies asking for the most unlikely things!
She very patiently looked at both the displays and even checked in her inventory. Sadly, she informed me that this lipstick wasn’t available. She suggested I try alternatives at the Chanel and Dior counters next door. They didn’t have any shades close enough. This didn’t surprise me. What amazed me was that this ultra luxe range was out priced by Tom Ford!
Now even more intrigued than ever, I decided I just had to find out what made Tom Ford so special.
Now I was even more intrigued to find this lipstick. What made it so special?
So I made my second attempt at the Paris Gallery where an equally charming salesman scouted in his display and system, only to tell me that he didn’t have it either. He also made some helpful suggestions with alternative shades : “This will be perfect for you Madame.”
However, I wasn’t looking out for a lipstick for me . He suggested I try the Tom Ford boutique which is situated in the Fashion Avenue. This stand alone boutique is impressive but didn’t have Leonardo. Once again the dapper salesman suggested I try somewhere else.
I walked to the other end of the Mall to the Galleries Lafayette.
Did I? I didn’t know.
And what was Lips & Boys? Lipsticks for men? Noticing my perplexed and slightly aghast expression, he proceeded to explain that this was just Tom Ford’s range of lipsticks.
He proceeded to show me similar colours and unable to resist the temptation of finding out for myself what makes Tom Ford so covetable, I gave in and bought two alternatives Alejandro and Collin.
I was still not pleased though and when I found the Tom Ford counter at Dubai’s Airport, I again asked for Leonardo.
And surprise! It was there!
Thus ended my search for Leonardo No.40.
According to Tom Ford’s Press release ( and I quote)
TOM FORD UNLEASHES THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURN OF LIPS & BOYS, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND COLLECTION OF LIP COLORS NAMED AFTER MEN HE ADMIRES, FROM INTIMATES, TO COLLABORATORS TO MEN HE FINDS INSPIRING.
25 BESTSELLING FAVORITES LIKE COLLIN, HOLDEN AND GIACOMO PERMANENTLY RETURN ALONGSIDE THE ARRIVAL OF 25 NEW BOYS. FROM ANSEL AND JOAQUIN TO DRAKE AND ROCCO, THE LUXURIOUS NEW SHADES DEBUT IN A PEARLESCENT, METALLIZED FINISH. DESIGNED TO BE WORN ON THEIR OWN OR LAYERED WITH ONE ANOTHER, THESE LIP TRANSFORMING COLORS AMPLIFY A WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALITY WHILE GENERATING AN INSATIABLE DESIRE TO TRY MORE THAN ONE.
SHOWCASED IN A SLEEK, CLUTCH-SIZED CASE, THIS DECADENT WARDROBE OF RICH, SPECIALLY TREATED PIGMENTS ARE BLENDED TO DELIVER PURE COLOR WITH JUST THE RIGHT BALANCE OF LUMINOSITY.
Till then, adios.